CAL – Parents of Alcoholics (Item # R-18)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. The item # for this short 12-page piece begins with an “R” because this is a reprint of various articles from The Forum magazine.  It came out in 2012 & reprints are typically only printed for a 2-year period.  However, demand for this piece must be high because it’s now 4 years later…

CAL – Alateen Program Wallet Card (Item # M-18)

WHAT I LEARNED: Somehow, when I was reviewing the Alateen Newcomer Packet (item # K-18), I must not have seen this small wallet card.  But since I’m now going through the literature chronologically, it came up in 1978’s Conference Summary.  Sure it has the Alateen Preamble, 12 Steps, Alateen Traditions, & Serenity Prayer, but the…

CAL – Alateen Talk Newsletter (Item # N/A)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This is the eleventh & last item in the Alateen Newcomer Packet (item # K-18) & is a full issue of a newsletter – not an excerpt.  The particular one in this packet is 8 pages total, has feedback on a writing workshop & an Alateen Conference, various sharings from members around the world,…

CAL – Alateen Talk Subscription Form (Item # N/A)

WHAT I LEARNED: This is the tenth item in the Alateen Newcomer Packet (item # K-18).  Every registered Alateen group should already be receiving a copy of this quarterly newsletter (that will be the next item I review), but individuals can also order their own personal copy using this form.  As of this year, 2013, the…

CAL – Just for Today Alateen Bookmark (Item # M-13)

WHAT I LEARNED: This is the fifth item in the Alateen Newcomer Packet (item # K-18) & it’s very different than the Al-Anon bookmark by the same name (item # M-12).  The “Thank You God” prayer is a good gratitude reminder for those days when I can’t think of anything to be grateful for!

CAL – If Your Parents Drink Too Much… (Item # P-22)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This is the fourth item in the Alateen Newcomer Packet (item # K-18) & is a cartoon booklet.  Technically, it’s not categorized as an “Outreach” item, but I think it could be because it looks like the only thing in the entire packet (& our entire CAL catalog) that would appeal to…

CAL – Alateen Do’s & Don’ts (Item # M-9)

WHAT I LEARNED: This is the third item in the Alateen Newcomer Packet (item # K-18) & is a great wallet-size reminder of do’s & don’ts that can apply to anyone – not just Alateen members.

CAL – Youth & the Alcoholic Parent (Item # P-21)

Last week I finished the Professional Packet (item # K-30).  (What I learned about all the other items in that packet can be found in previous entries for the general Al-Anon Newcomer Packet (K-10).)   …This week, I’m starting the very last packet, whew! WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This is the second pamphlet in the Alateen Newcomer Packet…

CAL – Facts about Alateen (Item # P-41)

WHAT I LEARNED: This is the sixth item in the Professional Packet (item # K-30) & is very cut & dry info about Alateen – no extra frills or sharings in this pamphlet, just the facts ma’am!  I did find it interesting that while the Alateen 12 Steps are exactly the same as Al-Anon’s, some of their…

CAL – Are You Troubled by Someone’s Drinking? (Item # S-17)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This is the fourth item in the Professional Packet (item # K-30) & is one of my top selling outreach items – now I can see why.  This questionnaire is written very broadly so it can apply to anyone affected by alcoholism – including adult children of alcoholics & kids that…

CAL – Fact Sheet for Professionals (Item # S-37ES)

Last week I finished the Men’s Newcomer Packet (item # K-23) since all the other items in the packet are ones I’ve already commented on.  Time to move onto the next packet… WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This is the first pamphlet in the Professional Packet (K-30) & the Al-Anon program is not described as a…

CAL – Does She Drink Too Much? (Item # P-62)

This is the third pamphlet in the Men’s Newcomer Packet (item # K-23) & it’s the first one I’ve come across that has photos in it – which seems to be a rare thing in our CAL, but I digress… WHAT I LEARNED: 1. More importantly, I found out the answer to this pamphlet’s title is…

CAL – Al-Anon is for Men (Item # P-1)

Last week I finished the Parents’ Newcomer Packet (item # K-24).  This week I’m reading the Men’s Newcomer Packet (K-23). WHAT I LEARNED: 1. I expected this to be full of sharings from men &, as a non-man myself, I thought: “Here’s one pamphlet I know I don’t need to read because I won’t be able…

CAL – To Parents of Alcoholics (Item # P-16)

Yesterday I finished the Adult Children of Alcoholics Newcomer Packet (item # K-21).  This week there’s only this one pamphlet to read from the Parents’ Newcomer Packet (K-24).  –What I learned about all the other items in this packet can be found in previous entries for the general Al-Anon Newcomer Packet (K-10). WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This…

CAL – Did you Grow up With a Problem Drinker? (Item # S-25)

WHAT I LEARNED: This is the sixth item in the Adult Children of Alcoholics Newcomer Packet (item # K-21) & is a personal favorite of mine.  When I first came into the program I was given this leaflet & I remember secretly answering “Yes” to all 20 questions.  It spooked me because I thought “How…